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Teaching Humility in an Age of Arrogance

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”Humility” isn’t a word that most academics — or Americans — identify with. Michael Patrick Lynch The Chronicle Review                                             Indeed, if there is a single attitude most closely associated with our culture, it’s the opposite of humility. The defining trait of the age seems to be arrogance — in particular, the kind of arrogance personified by our tweeter in chief; the arrogance of thinking that you know it all and… Teaching Humility in… Read More »

Beijing defends sovereignty at sea

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Foreign Ministry says US, Japan out of line in comments about Nansha Islands By ZHAO LEI in Singapore | China Daily China strongly opposes irresponsible remarks concerning China made by the defense ministers of the United States and Japan at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, a… Hua Chunying said in a news release published on the ministry’s website that China has indisputable sovereignty of the Nansha Islands and its surrounding waters and has been consistently seeking to peacefully… Beijing defends ... Read More »

Why Mueller Is Taking Over the Michael Flynn Grand Jury

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The special counsel is consolidating his control of existing investigations—and may gain leverage over the former national-security adviser in the process. Matt Ford The Atlantic Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly taking command of the federal probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s Turkish lobbying deals, a move that could give him leverage over a… Reuters reported Friday that Mueller will now oversee an… Why Mueller Is… Read More »

Ethics office will press White House on undated conflict-of-interest waivers

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The Office of Government Ethics plans to press the White House to clarify when it issued a slew of ethics waivers giving its staffers permission to interact with their former employers or clients, an indication that the… Matea Gold  The Washington Post Ten of the 14 waivers publicly disclosed this week by the White House are undated and unsigned, raising questions about when they… Particularly troubling, ethics experts said, was a… Ethics office will… Read More »

MIT issues statement regarding research on Paris Agreement

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MIT issued the following statement on Thursday, June 1 2017. A set of talking points circulated in support of President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement included this statement: “The [Paris] deal also accomplishes LITTLE for the climate MIT “According to researchers at MIT, if all member nations met their obligations, the impact on the climate would be negligible. The impacts have… The researchers in MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and MIT issues statement… Read More »

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering War Clouds

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Armenia and Azerbaijan are once again on collision course along increasingly active front lines in and around Nagorno-Karabakh. ICG Mediators Russia, France and the U.S., should pressure Yerevan and Baku to tone down inflammatory rhetoric, agree to talks and take steps towards… Executive Summary A year after Nagorno-Karabakh’s April 2016 violent flare-up, Armenia and… Nagorno-Karabakh’s Gathering… Read More »

The US has ditched the Paris climate agreement – what does this mean for the rest of the world?

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After just five months in power, the new President of the US has done it. Emily Farnworth  World Economic Forum He has ripped up the most powerful demonstration of collective and responsible global citizenship that the world has experienced in this century. The US President has ignored many voices in making his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement – an agreement ratified by 147 countries, including his own. Pleas from businesses, investors, city mayors, his… The US has… Read More »

Tillerson Present as Exxon Signed Major Deal with Saudi Arabia During Trump Visit

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During his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump announced an array of economic agreements between the U.S. and… Steve Horn CounterPunch While the $350 billion, 10-year arms deal garnered most headlines, a lesser-noticed agreement was also signed between ExxonMobil and… In addition, ExxonMobil’s press release for the agreement mentions that Darren Woods, the company’s CEO, was in the room for the… Tillerson Present as… Read More »

US Oil Production Could Reach Historic Levels This Year

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U.S. oil production could break an all-time high of 10 million barrels per day by the end of the year, according to a new report. Michael Bastasch The Daily Caller Analysts at Rystad Energy are predicting U.S. crude oil output could top an old record set in November 1970 by the end of the year. Production is currently growing at 95,000 barrels per day per month this year, largely thanks to hydraulic fracturing into shale… US Oil Production… Read More »

When politicians bully, judges and journalists need to stand firm

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Donald Trump and Peter Dutton have both criticised the judiciary and the media. What does it say about their grasp of the functions of democracy? Richard Ackland The Guardian ”We had a very smooth roll out of the travel ban, but we had a bad court. We’ve had a bad decision.” That was Donald Trump at his White House press conference after the ninth circuit court of… When politicians bully… Read More »

Hezbollah associate pleads guilty to money laundering conspiracy in US

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JEDDAH: A Lebanese man, accused of trying to use his ties to Hezbollah as part of a scheme to launder drug money, pleaded guilty on Friday in a Brooklyn, New York, federal court to a… SIRAJ WAHAB Arab News US prosecutors said Joseph Asmar, 43, of Beirut, entered his plea at a hearing before US District Judge Eric… Asmar was arrested in Paris in October 2015, and was extradited to the US 14… Hezbollah associate pleads… Read More »

MERKEL: Germany can no longer ‘fully rely’ on the US

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German chancellor Angela Merkel distanced herself from the US and the UK during a campaign event in Munich on Sunday. Sonam Sheth and Reuters Business Insider “The times in which [Germany] could fully rely on others are partly over. I have experienced this in the last few days,” Merkel said during the event. “We Europeans really have to take our destiny into our own hands.” Though she did not mention them by… MERKEL: Germany can… Read More »

What Vietnam Can Offer America

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U.S. policy must achieve a U.S.-Vietnam alliance that can neutralize Chinese primacy in Southeast Asia. Alexander Vuving The National Interest When Vietnamese prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc travels to the United States later this month, he will be the first national leader from Southeast Asia and the third from an Asian—but not Middle Eastern—country after Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and… Although this does not mean that Vietnam is the… What Vietnam Can… Read More »

US to test first ICBM interceptor as tensions with North Korea reach boiling point

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THE US is set to perform an unprecedented test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) interceptor amid heightened tensions with nuke… Fraser Moore Express In the first test of its kind, the US Missile Defence Agency announced it would fire a Ground-based Midcourse Defence (GMD) interceptor from a military base in… Its target will be a custom-made missile resembling an ICBM fired from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, in the middle of the Pacific US to test… Read More »

U.S. Quietly Lifts Limit on Number of Refugees Allowed In

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WASHINGTON — Despite repeated efforts by President Trump to curtail refugee resettlements, the State Department this week quietly lifted the department’s restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United… GARDINER HARRIS  The New York Times The result could be a near doubling of refugees entering the country, from about 830 people a week in the first three weeks of this month to well over 1,500 people per week by next month, according to… Quietly Lifts Limit… Read More »

US ship entered our waters without permission’: China

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The Chinese government charged on May 25 that a U.S. warship had entered its waters in the South China Sea “without permission”, prompting Beijing’s navy to warn the vessel to leave. Hurriyet The USS Dewey sailed less than 12 nautical miles from Mischief Reef – part of the Spratly Islands – on May 25, a U.S. official said earlier, the first freedom of navigation operation under President Donald Trump. “The relevant action taken by the… US ship entered… Read More »